Middle School Education - Alternative Certification 5-9 (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle School Education, Alternative Route to 5-9 Certification 
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Program Website 

Program Information

The Alternative Certification program is designed to assist local school districts in meeting the demand for qualified teachers in high need content areas. The program provides candidates with an opportunity to pursue initial teacher certification while working as a full-time teacher on a temporary provisional license.

Employment is not required for initial acceptance to the program. However, candidates must be employed in a Kentucky-accredited school by the start of the school year in order to continue in the program. This program is a two-year, 30-credit hour program resulting in initial teacher certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching, Alternative Certification program:

  1. Application to Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Minimum Test Scores as required by EPSB
    Please note: when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Passing scores on content Praxis II Exam(s)
  4. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with major in content area and a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  5. Prerequisite Course Requirements – Applicants may apply to the program with up to six (6) credit hours of content remaining to complete.
  6. Grade of C of higher in ENGL 102 (or equivalent)
  7. Grade of C or higher in oral communication course
  8. TOEFL
  9. Professional Statement
  10. Three Letters of Recommendation
  11. Experience working with diverse groups of children/adolescents
  12. Acceptable interview

Candidates considering application to the MAT program should contact the Education Advising and Student Services office (teacher@louisville.edu) prior to applying for admission.

Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Program Requirements

EDTP 631Integrated Teaching and Learning I3
EDTP 632Integrated Teaching and Learning II3
Choose one from the following courses:3
Middle School Language Arts Methods
Middle School Math Methods
Middle School Science Methods
Middle School Social Studies Methods
EDTP 633Integrated Teaching and Learning III3
EDTP 627Practicum for Alternative Certification Program (two semesters)3
Mid-Point Assessment 1
EDTP 503Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds3
Choose the technology course appropriate for your content certification area:3
Technology Applications for Mathematics Teaching
Technology Applications for Science Teachers
Digital Citizenship: Technology and Teaching
EDTP 620Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
EDTP 678Supporting the Second Year Alternative Certification Teacher I3
EDTP 679Supporting the Second Year Alternative Certification Teacher II3
Minimum Total Hours30

To maintain your Temporary Provisional Certificate, you MUST be enrolled in Alternative certification coursework.

Certification Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; Satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA). Passing score on 5-9 PLT PRAXIS exam; must pass KTIP

Degree Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program coursework with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two grades of C in degree courses). Satisfactory Alternative Certification degree teacher performance assessment (TPA).

Degree Candidacy: If not enrolled during the semester in which you are graduating, you will need to register for a degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for the test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at epsb.ky.gov/ for current requirements.